Freelance SQL jobs for world-class engineers

At Toptal, you’ll work on freelance SQL jobs and projects with top clients who understand the value of elite engineering talent. As a former SQL Developer or Data Architect, you gain the opportunity to design your own schedule, get real-time help from a global community of experts, and enjoy top professional development opportunities.

Hiring SQL Developers? Learn more about Toptal.

Why should you use Toptal to build your career?

At Toptal, you’ll always have plenty of opportunities available to grow personally and professionally. From working with cutting-edge technologies to getting real-time feedback from a global community of top developers, there are always options for creating value for yourself here.

Grow your career by working with top companies

Grow your career by working with top companies

At Toptal, you’ll choose from projects with industry leaders like Airbnb and NetApp and learn cutting-edge technologies and skills.

Never worry about payments

Never worry about payments

At Toptal, you set your own rate, always get paid on time, and never have to worry about negotiating with clients or competing with cheap, inexperienced developers.

Design your own lifestyle

Design your own lifestyle

No offices, no useless meetings, and no mandatory hours. You choose your own availability and enjoy the freedom to work from wherever you want.

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Learn from peers and take advanced technical courses

Have a bug? Ping the Toptal Slack Community for real-time, on-demand support from a global network of top engineers. Want to learn a new skill? The Toptal Academy is designed to help you rapidly gain professional expertise in a new technology.

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

Get featured on the Toptal Engineering Blog

With hundreds of thousands of subscribers, hundreds of advanced technical studies, and frequent syndication requests from top industry publications, publishing on the Toptal Engineering Blog is a unique chance to show off your top work to the best in the industry.

Speak at conferences and attend events

Speak at conferences and attend events

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but as part of the Toptal Speakers Network, we’ll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Meet members of the Toptal SQL community:

Adam Diamond

Los Angeles, CA, United States

Adam architects and develops database and BI solutions without any unnecessary complexity that are efficient to develop, can be complete... Read More

Duy Pham

Hanoi, Vietnam

Duy has 16+ years of software development experience using Microsoft's technology stack, primarily .Net. He builds high quality and high... Read More

James Cole

Victoria, BC, Canada

James has been an independent consultant for 25 years employing a wide range of technologies and languages. He is passionate about softw... Read More

Mark Perg

Rosh Haayin, Israel

With a background from the Israeli elite intelligence unit and over 15 years of experience in software development and cybersecurity, Ma... Read More

Vedansh Garg

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Vedansh is a senior software engineer at HackerRank and has 5+ years of experience in writing scalable, maintainable code in Rails and P... Read More

Weidong Ding

Vaughan, ON, Canada

Weidong Ding has proven experience as a senior data/integration architect, recently focusing on SAP Data Services. He's detailed, hands-... Read More

Matthew Newman

Bangor, ME, United States

Matthew has over 15 years of experience in database management and software development, with a strong focus on full-stack web applicati... Read More

Juan Manuel Ortiz de Zarate

Ciudad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Currently, Juan is a Ph.D. candidate a the University of Buenos Aires, researching the subjects of AI, NLP, and social networks. He has ... Read More

Sergii Petryk

Ayr, ON, Canada

With more than a decade of experience working as a developer, Sergei brings a deep understanding of software development and user experi... Read More

Alptug Dilek

Ankara, Turkey

Alptug is an ambitious problem solver who believes that solid and close communication with the customer is the key to delivering excepti... Read More

Charles Southey

Oxford, United Kingdom

Charles has over 25 years of experience developing and delivering software solutions across a wide range of technologies and architectur... Read More

See 3 typical SQL jobs you’ll have access to at Toptal:

Top clients, ranging from industry-leaders to rapidly growing start-ups, use Toptal to hire elite SQL developers for their mission-critical jobs.

SQL Developer
SQL, Linux

We are a new startup in the energy sector gathering dynamic and distributed energy resources and connecting them to clients in need. We are looking for an experienced SQL developer to hit the ground running downloading multiple large data sets to transform them into common data schema, and continue adding new datasets on a continual basis.

Database Developer
SQL, Docker, AWS

We are a mid-sized digital marketing agency specialized in search engine optimization and affiliate marketing. We are looking for an experienced MySQL and database administrator to assist us in updating our database to a new version and data archiving. The ideal hire will be skilled with continuous deployments and integrations, and a self-starter.

Data Engineer
SQL, Azure, AWS

We are a cryptocurrency investment firm helping our clients break through the noise and find promising blockchain projects. We are looking for a Data Engineer to create an easy-to-use dashboard that aggregates and synthesizes data from several APIs. The ideal hire will be adept at building the infrastructure in a way that incorporates new data sources.

Enjoy competitive, worry-free compensation.

At Toptal, you set your own rates and never have to spend time marketing yourself, billing clients, etc. Most Toptalers make substantially more through Toptal than they did at their previous jobs, and we’ll always pay you on time, even if clients have not yet paid us. Never worry about payments again.

Trusted by:
Airbnb trusted Toptal to help hire programmers to support their Berlin office.
Bridgestone has worked with Toptal to add freelance developers to their global team.
Duolingo trusted Toptal contractors to develop their key software applications.
USC hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.
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Cleveland Cavaliers hires software engineers from Toptal for their mission-critical initiatives.

Design your own lifestyle.

At Toptal, you can choose your own schedule and work from anywhere in the world that has Internet. Whether you want to spend more time at home with your family or start traveling and work from exotic beaches, the choice is completely up to you. No offices, no mandatory hours, just complete freedom to work in the way that suits you best.

Join tech conferences, advanced skill development sessions, and more.

Not only will you be able to attend Toptal Community events in cities all around the world, but if you join the Toptal Speakers Network, we'll also help you attend leading conferences, submit papers, and prepare and deliver keynote speeches.

Why do top SQL experts join Toptal?

George Vashakidze

Mobile Developer
Tbilisi, Georgia

George is an extremely motivated and hardworking mobile developer with over five years experience working with iOS and Android. He is a very results-driven individual and always strives to bring about the maximum amount of customer satisfaction. George is quick to pick up new technologies and can easily adapt to new development environments.

During my time at Toptal, I've completed quite a few projects and have been able to showcase my skills at server side programming (Java Spring Boot, Hibernate, JPA PostgreSQL) and at Front End as well (Swift, ObjC, React Native). I've met a lot of educated and highly experienced people and most importantly, I've gained a lot of experience with a very good salary. Toptal is the best way for any developer to demonstrate and sharpen their capabilities.

Kristijan Jurković

Software Engineer
Pula, Croatia

As a software engineer and a mobile enthusiast, Kristijan has invested time and resources into perfecting the development process of building mobile apps. With experience in building large and security-sensitive applications, he has developed analytical skills, wireframing and prototyping techniques, and coding best practices to develop quality and secure software.

I had my doubts when starting as a freelancer. Searching for clients and selling yourself takes a lot of time and energy. Toptal gave me a completely new view on being a freelancer. I'm a fan of the peace of mind that comes with Toptal, since I have access to a lot of great projects and I don't have to worry about getting paid or selling my knowledge to new potential clients. Instead, I can focus on what I do best - software development and spending time improving my expertise with new languages, tools, and frameworks.

By joining Toptal, you’ll have full flexibility over which projects you choose and when you want to work.

Aside from enjoying the benefits of our amazing community, you’ll have full flexibility to accept or reject projects as you prefer. Whether you prefer to work full-time at Toptal or you’d rather just take on occasional hourly jobs, the choice is yours.